Nico Rosberg Romps Untroubled to Fifth Win in a Row at Bahrain Grand Prix

Updated: 03 April 2016 22:32 IST

Nico Rosberg avoided drama at the start to take the chequered flag under floodlights at the Sakhir circuit ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg Romps Untroubled to Fifth Win in a Row at Bahrain Grand Prix
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's driver Nico Rosberg (right) leads at the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama. © AFP

Manama:

Germany's Nico Rosberg romped to his fifth win in a row for Mercedes on Sunday and ended Formula One champion team mate Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a third successive Bahrain Grand Prix victory.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, whose team mate Sebastian Vettel failed to start after his car's engine let out a plume of smoke on the formation lap, finished 10.2 seconds behind to repeat last year's second place.

Hamilton, a distant third and never in a position to challenge Rosberg, made a slow getaway from pole position and tangled with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas at the first corner as the Finn tried to go past on the inside.

Rosberg stretched his lead over Hamilton at the top of the standings to 17 points after two races. The win was the 16th of the German's career and the eighth in a row for champions Mercedes.

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Highlights
  • Rosberg stretched his lead over Hamilton at the top.
  • Sebastian Vettel failed to start after his car's engine failure.
  • Hamilton dropped back through pack at first bend after his car was hit.
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